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Old 04-01-2019, 06:50 AM
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The areas are rural. Like other posters have stated, you have to decide how far you are willing to drive for anything. We spent quite a few weekends in bed/breakfast, rental homes trying to figure out what felt right for us. We tried the local favorite restaurants and looked for supermarkets and hardware stores. We were willing to drive 45 min to Lowes or Home Depot. We do like the rural area but wife wanted a few neighbors just in case something happened. We also wanted to be protected in a creek, rather than on the dirty Neuse. I wanted properties that would allow us to build a dock. Developments like River Dunes do not allow docks. Wife wanted to be within 2 hrs of beaches.

You also have to be willing to accept that you choose your mortality by where you live. If I get a stroke or heart attack in Oriental, I am screwed. I have accepted these facts.
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Interesting thread been watching it ….we just went in contract on a house plus land in Oriental being from NY (Yeah I know ...another Yankee) I could not believe how "affordable" everything is house is 2900 Sq. Ft. with dock in a very nice area plus we are in contract for the land next door.
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Interior Beaufort with a rental lift.......unless you are looking for lots of yard to keep up, your wife will thank you...."Best small town in the South" Southern living mag
Old 04-01-2019, 11:18 AM
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Originally Posted by docs911 View Post
The areas are rural. Like other posters have stated, you have to decide how far you are willing to drive for anything. We spent quite a few weekends in bed/breakfast, rental homes trying to figure out what felt right for us. We tried the local favorite restaurants and looked for supermarkets and hardware stores. We were willing to drive 45 min to Lowes or Home Depot. We do like the rural area but wife wanted a few neighbors just in case something happened. We also wanted to be protected in a creek, rather than on the dirty Neuse. I wanted properties that would allow us to build a dock. Developments like River Dunes do not allow docks. Wife wanted to be within 2 hrs of beaches.

You also have to be willing to accept that you choose your mortality by where you live. If I get a stroke or heart attack in Oriental, I am screwed. I have accepted these facts.
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Interesting thread been watching it ….we just went in contract on a house plus land in Oriental being from NY (Yeah I know ...another Yankee) I could not believe how "affordable" everything is house is 2900 Sq. Ft. with dock in a very nice area plus we are in contract for the land next door.
Welcome to "the county" guys!

When you look to build docks, read up on hogslat style. Last storm those types did remarkably well, more expensive but can handle flooding. Also, start stocking up on bug spray now!
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Originally Posted by Jecaro View Post
Interesting thread been watching it ….we just went in contract on a house plus land in Oriental being from NY (Yeah I know ...another Yankee) I could not believe how "affordable" everything is house is 2900 Sq. Ft. with dock in a very nice area plus we are in contract for the land next door.
just dont vote like a yankee once you move down.
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Also, nearly everything you need within 5 miles.....full service hospital, restaurants, parks, retail......except Target and big new Movie theater (gotta think those are coming). All of which are closer than New Bern to exceptional boating and fishing in the Atlantic.......New Bern close second. IMO
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Bills thank you

Bullboxer I voted for Trump (three times shhhhhhhhhhhh) I am a Viet Nam veteran with a combat related disability I have carried a handgun for more than 40 years I am NOT your typical yankee.
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Originally Posted by docs911 View Post
Sailing is not my thing. I do enjoy boating and fishing.

The lack of shopping does surprise me. We saw the Piggly Wiggly and stopped in. Quite small for a supermarket. We didn't mind the drive to New Bern, but we are in our 50's now. Don't know how I will feel when I am in my 70's. The neighbors were very friendly. They saw us on the lot in the rain and stopped by to chat for almost an hour.

We did speak with a few builders. One suggested building the lot up and then use pilings to raise another 8 to 10 feet. That should bring us well above flood levels.

Our realtor did mention the cliques and the gossip mill that are in the town. I guess that is one of the down sides of a small community. We did look at a lot or two in Dawsons creek area. Loved the lot but the views were only ok and the bridge seems to limit boat size/access.
I own a lot in Dawson's Creek. Original developer screwed a lot of original lot owners. Oh well, so goes life... I just pay taxes and HOA fees for something I never use. Let me know if you ever want a deal on a lot (seriously, not looking to make money just want it gone). The board is really trying to enhance the community and move the development along at a faster pace than in years past. The original developer had planned to put a marina in adjacent to the development but that never came to fruition either. Good Luck.
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I have a flats boat that I need repowered it has a 40 HP merc and I would like to stay with merc can anyone recommend someone in the area who does repowers and is good.

this will basically be a swap out have been told everything is pretty much remove and replace

Thanks
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Originally Posted by one wolf View Post
Why would you not just go to Carteret County?
This.

My wife and I moved from MA in 2017. Had an offer on a house in Oriental on one of the creeks. It failed inspection, and we backed out.

So glad we did. We ended up in Morehead City and I couldn't be happier. Hospital (doctors, specialists!), stores, restaurants/bars, waterfront, boat ramps, beaches just over the AB bridge. Good neighborhoods. Golf nearby. Carteret County Speedway. Good schools. Low taxes.
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Originally Posted by Jecaro View Post
I have a flats boat that I need repowered it has a 40 HP merc and I would like to stay with merc can anyone recommend someone in the area who does repowers and is good.

this will basically be a swap out have been told everything is pretty much remove and replace

Thanks
Maybe Jeff at Powercraft marine in Oriental. I THINK he is a mercury dealer but don't hold me to it.
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Chevy thanks will check it out
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Originally Posted by docs911 View Post
Off of Broad creek
Near Bulah Point of Broad Creek?
Old 04-26-2019, 11:17 AM
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Originally Posted by ExMAHole View Post
This.

My wife and I moved from MA in 2017. Had an offer on a house in Oriental on one of the creeks. It failed inspection, and we backed out.

So glad we did. We ended up in Morehead City and I couldn't be happier. Hospital (doctors, specialists!), stores, restaurants/bars, waterfront, boat ramps, beaches just over the AB bridge. Good neighborhoods. Golf nearby. Carteret County Speedway. Good schools. Low taxes.
I liked that area (MHC) when I went down last week. I'm looking for a good sized waterfront lot with a view of the water, so I unfortunately couldn't find anything that fit my criteria.
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Originally Posted by jobowker View Post
I liked that area (MHC) when I went down last week. I'm looking for a good sized waterfront lot with a view of the water, so I unfortunately couldn't find anything that fit my criteria.
So then your next stop should be down east, meaning east of Beaufort.
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Originally Posted by one wolf View Post
So then your next stop should be down east, meaning east of Beaufort.
That's east of the North River and south of 70, right? I think that's the one area I missed when driving all over down there.

I looked at a bunch of properties in Beaufort as it looked nice to be not too crowded, but a short drive to Morehead City when needed and a quick hop from there to Atlantic Beach.
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Closed on the lot. Love the area and neighbors are great! Next step is to find a builder
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I am closing on May 8 for a house and adjacent plot of land in Oriental.

Will be asking lots of offshore fishing questions
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Originally Posted by Jecaro View Post
I am closing on May 8 for a house and adjacent plot of land in Oriental.

Will be asking lots of offshore fishing questions

welcome! we offshore fish out of Oriental and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else!
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Thank you

I have a bay boat which I will keep at my dock in oriental and I also have a 31 Cabo which I will be keeping in the Beaufort/Morehead city area for offshore use.

After 40 years of offshore fishing Montauk it will be interesting down there.

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